How much does your building (and circular internet) weigh, Mr Foster?

It’s good living in the countryside. Woken by birdsong and out with the dog to walk in the shadow of the Downs, aware of the seasons, aware of the light… it is good.

But it’s not exactly the place to get a decent coffee and a custard tart and it isn’t a place where you can usually see a decent independent movie or play. Continue reading

If your conference doesn’t have a Twitter wall, it’s probably crap

I’m rushing out this editorial on my way to the Open Data Cities conference in Brighton, a noble event that I will learn more about on arrival.

Attending events these days is a very different experience from a few years ago because of the huge role social media plays in making them engaging. If a conference doesn’t have a Twitter wall, it’s not very good. Continue reading

If your conference doesn't have a Twitter wall, it's probably crap

I’m rushing out this editorial on my way to the Open Data Cities conference in Brighton, a noble event that I will learn more about on arrival.

Attending events these days is a very different experience from a few years ago because of the huge role social media plays in making them engaging. If a conference doesn’t have a Twitter wall, it’s not very good. Continue reading

Perhaps PeerPerks Palestinian premieres pack perfect punch

The alliterative headline to this piece was one I submitted for my latest article on TechCrunch and was somewhat prosaically replaced with ‘The limits of social influence? Big Ben is influential on… drugs’.

Still you can’t win them all and while the piece was all about the so-called measurement of influence through social networks, it underlines how people perceive the use of words, and how the words themselves influence people. Continue reading

TEDx speakers enthuse (half of) Brighton’s digerati

There was consternation among Brighton’s digerati after the latest TEDx event pulled into town leaving more than 250 applicants without a (free) ticket to the event.

The TEDx organisers were seemingly not to blame. Ticket distribution was democratic and even if the capacity of the venue was undersized, the successful 250 applicants were broadly representative of the city and its mix of scuzzy, student, innovative and digital. Continue reading